Up for sale, a 1991 Fender Stratocaster ‘62 vintage reissue model ST62-500 in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The “Made in Japan” Strat was crafted at the venerable Fujigen factory during the golden age of Fender Japan production. Designed only to be sold to the Japanese domestic market, this guitar is uncommon outside its country of origin and astoundingly clean.
Tonewoods include a basswood body, maple neck, and a thick slab rosewood fretboard. The original trio of ST-Vintage alnico magnet single coil pickups deliver a bevy of classic Strat tonalities; the bridge pickup has a sparkling cut, the neck has a bell-like fullness, and the in-between positions on the five-way selector switch offer scooped Strat quack. Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this Strat benefits from a professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and .999” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has a vintage-spec 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. On the headstock, the Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, and the back of the headstock retains the small “50” sticker, denoting the model tier and original price when sold new in Japan over 30 years ago (¥50,000). The neck heel is pencil dated 8-9-91, with additional factory markings on the heel and in the pocket. The “Made in Japan” text and J-prefix serial are present above the four-bolt Fender-embossed neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a standard Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control configuration; the harness features untouched solder joints and original full-size Japanese pots which date to January, ‘91. Plastics include the three-ply parchment pickguard, clean trio of knobs and faintly aged pickup covers. The vibrato has a full-sized diecast block, and the unit actuates smoothly, bouncing quickly back to pitch for surfy warbles and broader gestures. The chrome-plated bridge base and jack cup are notably clean.
This guitar is remarkably well-kept, with barely a mark on the bright Candy Apple Red finish. The smooth ambered gloss on the neck profile is similarly immaculate.
The original Fender-branded gigbag is included.